None of us can make it through this life on our own.  To my way of thinking, this is a good thing. It pushes us to learn both generous giving and gracious receiving.  It helps us learn to compromise and it provides the opportunity to practice patience in the process.  In my therapy practice and in my writing practice, I utilize outside resources at every juncture.  My hope is to share the ones I use and to gather new ones as others share with me.  Feel free to contact me with any good experience you have had and I will post it here. These are in no particular order of importance, they just came to me this way.

Resources for your body


Gina Mastrolucca – Polarity Therapy, Ayurveda, Yoga and Holistic Wellness from her holistic healing and yoga space in Portland, Maine.

Justice in the Body – Justice in the Body is a socially responsible education, training and movement center devoted to integrating well being, love, justice and liberation with individuals, groups and social movements.

Greener Postures – We teach heated Vinyasa Yoga that increases energy and stamina, improves muscle tone, digestion and concentration and helps you relax and respond to the stresses of daily life.

Resources for Writing:


Walker Memorial Library – a small city library with a very helpful and knowledgeable librarian in Westbrook, Maine.

Longfellow Books – a fiercely independent community bookstore located in downtown Portland, Maine.

Maine Women Write – co-founded by Caitlin Shetterly, Liza Bakewell and Lisa Bowe with the mission to create community and promote the works of Maine women authors.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) – provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.

Joan Lee Hunter – Joan works with writers of all experience levels. Those who come to Fifth House Lodge to work with Joan include people who want to use writing as a tool for self-exploration and healing, as well as those who wish to become better storytellers.

Minerva Rising Literary Journal – an independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman.

Resources for Recovery from the impact of Addiction:

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Women for Sobriety – A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions

The Sahara Club – a private club that provides a place where recovering alcoholics can participate in activities in an alcohol-free environment.

Central Service Office – provides meeting lists and literature for AA and Al-Anon.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Al-Anon – Friends and families of problem drinkers find understanding and support at Al-Anon meetings.

Portland Recovery Community Center – provides a safe, supportive, substance-free environment, which is welcoming to EVERYONE seeking recovery.

Yogave – Our mission is to help those in addiction recovery by offering the opportunity to experience the benefits of Yoga and Mediation as an adjunct to a committed 12 step program.

Crossroads for Women – residential substance abuse treatment for women




Meetups – are neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something.

MOAC (Maine Outdoor Adventure Club) – is an all-volunteer member organization.  members organize and lead all trips and activities from beginner to expert.  Our outdoor activities range from peaceful and relaxing to challenging and full of excitement.

Meghan Grammer Creative – graphic design and creative endeavors, creator of

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